Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Emily Kelly (
9 Oct 1995 13:43:25 -0400

Tony Quinn <> wrote:
>Reams of drivel deleted due to the fact that pints and quarts are used
>as liquid measures and fruit, being solid, is generally sold in pounds and

When did you last go picking strawberries? In the US, and even more
specifically, in Virginia and North Carolina where I've had the pleasure
of earning a sore back and sticky mouth many a time, I've paid by the
pint or quart.

I don't doubt that it works differently in your neck of the woods, but
do remember that The World Is A Mighty Big Place (TM) before unleashing
your vitriol. That's why we're having this whole thread.

Incidentally, it occurs to me that we're mighty cross-posted here. I don't
see any one or two particularly applicable groups, and I don't know from
where most of the thread participants are posting from, and so I'm afeared
to restrict the followups. But somehow I can't think that all these groups
are listening with bated breath. Can someone who's been paying more
attention take care of it, please? Personally, I'm in alt.folklore.urban,
and I'd be happy to see it disappear from here.

>don't know which set of units to use for a given item. Or did they expect
>you to get a 20oz glass and cram strawberries in untuil there was no air

More like a basket or box, usually, and you wouldn't want to crush the
berries, so of course there are some air pockets. But then the basket's
usually filled to heaping, and I don't pay for the ones I eat as I'm picking,
either. So there are advantages both ways. We're not talking exact science

Emily "back to the bushel" Kelly

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